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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stop eating healthy. Throwing a salad into the mix a few times a week will have you feeling good on the inside and help you keep the winter pounds down. But eating healthy during the cold months doesn’t have to be boring. Many restaurants and cafes have exciting salads on their menus that will appeal to everyone. Check out these five places for fabulous salads.
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(credit: Susan K./yelp)


Sweetgreen
1343 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 744-8321
www.sweetgreen.com

Using only locally sourced and organic ingredients, sweetgreen has a wide range of salads and greens to not only satisfy your appetite but also appease the environmentally conscious foodie. Order from their seasonal menu or any of their delightful signature salads like the Rad Thai with citrus shrimp and spicy cashew dressing, the OMG Omega with Columbia river steelhead and miso sesame ginger dressing, and the Wild Child with wild rice, baby spinach and raw beets. You can also build one from scratch.

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(credit: Terrance Y./yelp)


Simply Salad
645 W. 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 488-9191
www.simplysalad.com

Building your own salad can be a very personal thing, and Simply Salad takes that into consideration. Giving you lots of healthy choices and delicious toppings with traditional and exotic dressings for a budget-friendly price, Simply Salad is the easiest way to eat healthy. Whether you pick your ingredients or choose one of their signatures like the Earthy, Nutty, Crunchy, The Hipster or the Seared Samurai, all of them come with a wrap option. Let’s not forget the fabulous soup of the day that makes for a perfect side.

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Mesón Cafe
459 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 595-1275

While Mesón Cafe doesn’t specialize in salads, the ones they do make are definitely memorable. Boasting “from farm to table,” the ingredients are fresh no matter what you order. The daily salad specials change from day to day, but no matter which day you stop in you can find something delicious and satisfying. The rufage line-up includes line fresh tuna with tomato, arugula and egg; the quinoa with kale, raisins and goat cheese; potato with arugula, harissa and egg; the Sicily tuna; the Inca quinoa and roasted squash and burrata cheese.

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(credit: Natsuki M./yelp)


Quicksand
12201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 439-9170
www.quicksand.la

Quicksand believes in not only sustainable and organic ingredients, but they firmly believe their food should also have craveability. Salads included. While their burgers and sandwiches are yum, Quicksand has crafted some seriously amazing salads that are definitely yum. The Grilled Vegetable salad and the Asian Chop are the favorites, but the traditional Cobb and Latin Caesar Chop are no slouches, either. While the portions are hefty, you can always add some chicken, tuna, curry chicken or a chuck, turkey or veggie patty (for a little extra money) to make sure you’re full.

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(credit: Michelle W./Yelp)


Elf Café
2135 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-6829
www.elfcafe.com

While the Elf Café isn’t run by a bunch of Elven beings, the food being served is absolutely magical. With its Mediterranean-influenced vegetarian fare, the Elf Café has been a culinary sensation for Eagle Rock locals and vegetarians everywhere. The Sunday brunch salads consist of harissa kale with lemon and quinoa (and a bunch of other great stuff) and a persimmons, Feta å la Greque mix of blackened heart of romaine and watermelon radish. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and offers an array of hearty and mouthwatering salads like smoked market vegetable fattoush, kale and red charmoula, butter lettuce with persimmon, and grains and Jerusalem artichoke with endive. And that doesn’t include the daily salad specials.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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